Bloom springs into life
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TWO goals from Josh Bloom kept London Maccabi Lions Under 18s on course for a league and two-cup treble after they came from behind to beat Alexandra Park to reach the final of the Watford Friendly League Challenge Cup.
Chances were few and far between in a match played in perfect conditions at Rowley Lane, with Lions central midfielders of Charlie Rubin and David Nezri showing great industry.
Alexandra Park forged ahead from the penalty spot 10 minutes into the second half, but with Benji Weinberger becoming a more influential figure, the Lions claimed a deserved equaliser. Weinberger fed Bloom who produced a composed finish.
Jordan Marks was a constant threat down the left and his attacking play produced a number of chances as the half wore on. The decisive moment saw Marks end a mazy run with a superb cross for Bloom to nip in front of the keeper and convert.
Having reached their second cup final this season, Lions will play Leverstock Green at Harvesters FC in St Albans on May 13.
Lions joint-manager Nicky Bloom, who runs the team with Andy Landesburg, said: “It was a simply phenomenal performance from the boys. They came from behind against very tough and determined opposition to make it through to the final.
“The effort and commitment was immense,” he said, “and the culmination of both a season’s and 11 years worth of work from the management team.”